Album Chart of 1957

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Album Chart of 1957

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THE FIRST ALBUM MASTERPIECE

In the world of the Jukebox Rebel, diminished fifths and compound augmented fourths do not a masterpiece album make. Soul, passion, attitude, character, awesome songs, no filler – that’s what I’m talking about. Woody Guthrie got very close away back in 1940 but, for me, it’s Little Richard who delivers the first masterpiece album – and they’re about as rare as hen’s teeth.

The rock n rollers were now queuing up with long play debuts – in this year we had Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran and The Crickets with first-time efforts.

Other notable debutants were Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles.

Elsewhere, the stupendous Ken Nordine is in a world of his own, whilst Ruth Brown, Muddy Waters and Little Walter fly highest in the pure R n B stakes.

Ewan MacColl is in good form, with two very distinctive LPs placing just outside my Top 10.

The Jukebox Rebel
27-Oct-2015

revised 13-Mar-2019

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HERE’S LITTLE RICHARD
Little Richard
Specialty LP-100
the USA
9.05 “A masterpiece” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Tutti Frutti” (10) • “Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave” (10) • “Long Tall Sally” (10)
TJR says”A-wop-bom-a-loo-mop-a-lomp-bom-bom!” He had me after the first 2 seconds of this album really. Spine tinglers make ...more →

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WORD JAZZ
Ken Nordine and The Fred Katz Group
Dot Records DLP-3075
the USA
8.48 “Excellent” Avant-Garde

Jukebox picks: “Flibberty Jib” (9.6) • “My Baby” (9.5) • “Roger” (9.3)
TJR saysMagnificent pieces flow one after the other from this loveable absurdist. He’s a laugh and a half and it’s a real pleasu...more →

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AFTER SCHOOL SESSION
Chuck Berry
Chess LP-1426
the USA
7.90 “Brilliant” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “Deep Feeling” (9.8) • “School Days” (9.3) • “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” (9.1)
TJR saysThe second ever LP on Chess was this corker from Chuck Berry. The album pooled from his first five recording sessions fo...more →

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HERE STANDS FATS DOMINO
Fats Domino
Imperial LP-9038
the USA
7.41 “Really good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “You Can Pack Your Suitcase” (8.9) • “I’m Walkin’” (8.6) • “Detroit City Blues” (8.1)
TJR saysReleased March 1957 (Imperial LP-9038). The previous LPs were current with oldies padding, this one’s oldies with curren...more →

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JOHNNY CASH WITH HIS HOT AND BLUE GUITAR
Johnny Cash
Sun Record Company LP-1220
the USA
7.35 “Really good” Country

Jukebox picks: “I Walk The Line [1956]” (9.4) • “Cry! Cry! Cry!” (8.4) • “So Doggone Lonesome” (8.2)
TJR saysThe first Sun Records artist to release an LP and what a debut it was. An instant pop up country star to go. The song-wr...more →

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THE BEST OF MUDDY WATERS
Muddy Waters
Chess LP-1427
the USA
7.32 “Really good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “I Can’t Be Satisfied” (9.4) • “Just Make Love To Me” (8.8) • “Louisiana Blues” (8.3)
TJR saysIt’s not uncommon for the debut albums of the 1950s to serve as round-ups of preceding single sides, and such is the cas...more →

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THE BEST OF LITTLE WALTER
Little Walter
Chess LP-1428
the USA
7.26 “Really good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Mean Old World” (8.2) • “Blues With A Feeling” (8.1) • “Can’t Hold Out Much Longer” (7.8)
TJR saysWalter’s “debut album” follows the trend of his peers… serving as a singles round up, it features Chess sides released b...more →

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THE “CHIRPING” CRICKETS
The Crickets
Brunswick BL-54038
the USA
7.22 “Really good” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly; Rock n Roll Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Not Fade Away” (9.6) • “Oh, Boy!” (9.2) • “That’ll Be The Day” (7.9)
TJR saysStellar debut from the Texan quartet led by Buddy Holly, issued in November 1957. At this stage The Crickets were lead g...more →

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ROCK AND ROLL
Ruth Brown
Atlantic 8004
the USA
7.19 “Really good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Hello Little Boy” (9.8) • “It’s Love Baby (24 Hours Of The Day)” (8.7) • “Oh What A Dream” (8.2)
TJR saysIn all, between 1949 and 1955, Ruth Brown had stayed on the R&B chart for a total 149 weeks, with sixteen Top 10 records...more →

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PATSY CLINE
Patsy Cline
Decca DL-8611
the USA
7.09 “Really good” Country

Jukebox picks: “Walkin’ After Midnight [1957]” (9.1) • “Hungry For Love” (9.0) • “Fingerprints” (8.5)
TJR saysIt’s hard to believe, but the young Patsy Cline had great difficulty in converting her extraordinary vocal talent into h...more →

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THIS IS FATS
Fats Domino
Imperial LP-9040
the USA
6.78 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “You Know I Miss You” (7.5) • “The Rooster Song” (7.4) • “Don’t You Hear Me Calling You” (7.1)
TJR saysReleased August 1957 (Imperial LP-9040). Split down the middle between new material and sides from the previous years. T...more →

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BAD LADS AND HARD CASES
Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger
Riverside Records RLP-12-632
England
6.76 “Good” Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Ballad Of Bentley And Craig” (7.9) • “Go Down You Murderer” (7.7) • “Gilderoy” (7.3)
TJR saysAn album which is thematically linked on subject matter which has fascinated readers and listeners for centuries; the wr...more →

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BLOW BOYS BLOW (SONGS OF THE SEA)
Ewan MacColl and A. L. Lloyd
Tradition Records TLP-1026
England
6.59 “Good” Folk

Jukebox picks: “Handsome Cabin Boy” (8.0) • “Paddy West” (7.2) • “Whup Jamboree” (7.1)
TJR saysSea songs and shanties sung by A.L. Lloyd and Ewan MacColl, accompanied by Alf Edwards (concertina), Ralph Rinzler (guit...more →

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SINGIN’ THE BLUES
B.B. King
Crown Records CLP-5020
the USA
6.59 “Good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Please Love Me” (7.9) • “3 O’Clock Blues” (7.9) • “Every Day I Have The Blues” (7.0)
TJR saysIssued in June 1957. His debut album included some new material combined with some select single cuts from his short car...more →

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PALO CONGO
Sabu
Blue Note BLP-1561
the USA
6.43 “Decent enough” Latin; Africana

Jukebox picks: “Tribilin Cantore” (7.3) • “Billumba-Palo Congo” (7.1) • “El Cumbanchero” (7.0)
TJR says”First I played on tin cans in backyards. Then when I was 11 years old I joined a trio and got a job on 125th playing...more →

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RAY CHARLES
Ray Charles
Atlantic 8006
the USA
6.36 “Decent enough” Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Soul Ballad

Jukebox picks: “I’ve Got A Woman” (7.6) • “Mess Around” (7.5) • “Greenbacks” (7.2)
TJR saysAtlantic 8006. Released June, 1957. A fine debut from the inspirational 26 year old who’d been completely blind since 7....more →

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LOVING YOU
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-1515
the USA
5.98 “Average” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly; Blues / Rhythm n Blues; Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Got A Lot O’ Livin’ To Do!” (7.7) • “Don’t Leave Me Now” (7.0) • “Blueberry Hill” (6.7)
TJR saysArriving in July were both the second Elvis film and the third Elvis album – “Loving You” was his first soundtrack LP an...more →

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QUAND ON N’A QUE L’AMOUR - 2ME SÉRIE
Jacques Brel avec Les Orchestres André Popp et Michel Legrand
Philips B 76.085 R
Belgium
5.84 “Average” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Jén Appelle” (7.4) • “L’Air De La Bêtise” (6.7) • “La Bourrée Du Célibataire” (6.3)
TJR saysPerhaps disappointed by the sales of 1954’s “Jacques Brel Et Ses Chansons”, it was fully 3 years later until there was a...more →

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ELVIS’ CHRISTMAS ALBUM
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-1951
the USA
5.08 “Below average” Pop Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” (7.5) • “Blue Christmas” (6.9) • “Silent Night” (5.7)
TJR saysThe 4th Elvis album was issued in October 1957 and gave him his 4th consecutive Billboard chart topper. Leiber and Stoll...more →

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KENYA
Machito and his Orchestra
Roulette R-52006
Cuba
4.86 “Poor” Latin; Orchestra Dance

Jukebox picks: “Wild Jungle” (5.9) • “Frenzy” (5.8) • “Kenya” (5.5)
TJR saysMambo mania! Or not, as the case may be. Machito’s gang deliver a brassy brand of Latin Orchestra dance where big band s...more →

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THE MORSE CODE
Ella Mae Morse with Orchestra conducted by Billy May
Capitol Records ‎T-898
the USA
4.68 “Poor” Crooner / Cabaret; Big Band / Jive / Swing; Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Dream A Little Dream Of Me” (6.4) • “My Funny Valentine” (5.9) • “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive” (5.4)
TJR says“The Morse Code” came entirely from Ella Mae’s final recording sessions in June 1957. Producer Lee Gillette allowed her ...more →

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JIM REEVES
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-1576
the USA
3.83 “Terrible” Pop Ballad; Pop

Jukebox picks: “Teardrops In My Heart” (6.5) • “I Get The Blues When It Rains” (5.1) • “Need Me” (4.4)
TJR saysNothing doing on the third Jim Reeves album – he’s become as ovaltiney as Pat Boone....more →

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BRILLIANT CORNERS
Thelonious Monk
Riverside Records RLP 12-226
the USA
3.30 “Terrible” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Brilliant Corners” (4.5) • “Bemsha Swing” (4.2) • “Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are” (3.3)
TJR saysOff-kilter prog-jazz from the revered pianist which does nothing for me. According to Down Beat magazine, Brilliant Corn...more →

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LET’S DANCE TO THE HITS OF THE ’30S AND ’40S
The New World Theatre Orchestra
Trans-World TW-3100
the USA
3.03 “Terrible” Orchestra Dance

Jukebox picks: “Cheek To Cheek” (3.9) • “Dancing In The Dark” (3.7) • “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm” (3.4)
TJR saysThe New World Orchestra were one of the fabricated “in-house” monikers used by Trans-World, a part of Miller Internation...more →

see also: (B-list) Album Chart of 1957



Album Charts by year

“A-list”

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“B-list”

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